The Status Bar is something I like to keep in view at all times since it displays pertinent information about my device including the time, my current battery level, and my current wireless signal strength — be it cellular or Wi-Fi.
Unfortunately, many apps hide the Status Bar from view when you might want to see it, especially when they’re designed to operate in full screen. Some apps even display the Status Bar when you might want to hide it. Sadly, Apple offers no configurations to alleviate these concerns.
That’s where a newly released and free jailbreak tweak dubbed ForceBar by iOS developer @game_hacker080 will come in handy. It offers per-app controls for deciding which apps display the Status Bar in their interfaces and which apps don’t.
Once installed, the tweak adds the preference pane above to the Settings app. The options are relatively straightforward — if you want to show the Status Bar in an app that normally doesn’t display it, you’d enable that option and then select the app. The same would be true if you want to hide the Status Bar in an app that normally displays it.
The developer provides a Respring button at the top-right of the preference pane to save any changes you make.
I can see this tweak being convenient for adding the Status Bar to certain app interfaces, but I can’t personally imagine an instance where I’d want to hide the Status Bar unless the app I was using was buggy and the Status Bar clashed with the user interface.
Regardless of your position, those interested in giving ForceBar a try can download it for free from the BigBoss repository. Jailbroken iOS 14 devices are supported at this time.
Do you have any apps that you’d prefer to show or hide the Status Bar in, contrary to the stock setting? Let us know in the comments section down below.